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The History And Development Of Musical Instruments From The Earliest Times.

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
curved, whereby the instrument obtained greater strength and more elegance of form.
The magadis, also called pektis, had twenty strings which were tuned in octaves, and therefore produced only ten tones. It appears to have been some sort of dulcimer, but information respecting its construction is still wanting. There appears to have been also a kind of bagpipe in use called magadis, of which nothing certain is known. Possibly, the same name may have been applied to two different instruments.
The barbital was likewise a stringed instrument of this kind. The sambyke is traditionally said to have been invented by Ibykos, B.C. 540. The simmikon had thirty-five strings, and derived its name from its inventor, Simos, who lived about B.C. 600. It was perhaps a kind of dulcimer. The nabla had only two strings, and probably resembled the ncbcl of the Hebrews, of which but little is known with certainty. The pandoura is sup­posed to have been a kind of lute with three strings. Several of
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